The following steps are based on the Baofeng UV-5R V2+ model, but should apply to any UV-5R series Baofeng model.
 

Changing the Voice Language to English from Chinese:

1: press [MENU]
2: use the up/down arrow or press keys [1], [4] to jump to the VOICE menu item (menu item number 14)
3: press [MENU] and use the up/down keys to select ENG
4: press [MENU] to confirm/save
5: press [EXIT]
 

Setting the squelch (SQL):

In telecommunications, squelch is a circuit function that acts to suppress the audio (or video) output of a receiver in the absence of a sufficiently strong desired input signal. Squelch is widely used in two-way radios to suppress the annoying sound of channel noise when the radio is not receiving a transmission.
 
The settings are 0-9 with ascending order of sensitivity to the strength of incoming signal. 0 means no squelch.
 
1: press [MENU]
2: use the up/down arrow or press [0] to jump to the SQL menu item
3: press [MENU] and use the up/down keys to set the SQL to 5
4: press [MENU] to confirm/save
5: press [EXIT]
 

Setting the frequency step (STEP):

This is the amount by which the frequency will be incremented or decremented by using the arrow keys while in frequency mode.
 
Values: 2.5k, 5.0k, 6.25k, 10.k, 12.5k, 20.0k, 25.0k, 50.0k
 
Example, if the step is set to 2.5k, the frequency will be incremented or decremented by 2.5k using the arrow keys.
 
Selecting the right step is important on this device as the frequency display is only 6 digits and frequencies with 7 digits need to be rounded first then decremented or incremented using the arrow keys until the desired frequency is reached.
 
1: press [MENU]
2: use the up/down arrow or press [1] to jump to the STEP menu item
3: press [MENU] and use the up/down keys to set the desired step. (Recommended 2.5k)
4: press [MENU] to confirm/save
5: press [EXIT]
 
Turn menu item 35 (STE), 36 (RP-STE), 37 (RPT-RL), to off, these are for squelch tail elimination, which will be explained in a different article.
 
1: press [MENU]
2: use the up/down arrow or press the menu number to jump to the above menu items
3: press [MENU] and use the up/down keys to set the value to off.
4: press [MENU] to confirm/save
5: press [EXIT]